I’m going to make a bold prediction.
One of the more buzzed about topics around DC is the filming of The Real World DC around the city this summer.
Given the size of the city and the time they’ll be here, there’s no doubt that everybody in DC will have run into the cast if not once, twice.
In fact this week my co-worker Kristen finally had her own run in at a work function.
If you live in The District of Columbia there’s a good chance you’ll see them: maybe at a bar causing trouble, maybe shopping in Georgetown or walking through the park in Dupont Circle. The city is too small and they’ll stick out worse than tourists in March.
Well I’ve already run into them once, and while I know there’s no way I did anything on camera that would make the show, something that happened off-camera just might.
It all started on the Friday after they moved into town. I was at Eighteenth Street Lounge with my friend Wendi to celebrate her co-worker’s birthday. Amongst the small talk the topic of The Real World DC’s arrival came up. I brought up the role Twitter and blogs have played into tracking them during filming and I pulled out my phone to demonstrate. At the the top of the timeline was this tweet informing everyone that they are at Public Bar. The group suddenly got very giddy, Public Bar was the bar next door to us. The whole group proceeded to go next door to see if we could get a peek.
We found ourselves huddled in the middle of a crowded rooftop and no sign of The Real World cast. Suddenly a bright light caught my eye as a camera on the other side of the roof followed the cast as they were exiting the bar down some stairs. We briefly celebrated our D-list celebrity sighting then proceeded to exit the bar, calling it a night.
We said our goodbyes and everyone went along their separate ways. Wendi and I decided we wanted to go see the home blocks away at 2000 S Street where the show was being filmed. Exiting the bar Wendi changed her mind but I on the other hand wanted to see the house in person before I wanted to hopped on the Metro home. I begin to walk up Connecticut Avenue with my head buried in my Blackberry, typing about my encounter on Twitter.
I almost walked into a group of people in front of me due to my inattentive walking. I looked up and it was the Real World girls sauntering down Connecticut in front of a camera. They were discussing who were and who were not douchebags at Public bar. I sped up walked around them in an effort to not look like a stalker creep. I ended up alongside a guy and girl conversing in a rather loud fashion. I looked over and I realized I was walking with cast members Josh and Ashley.
Ashley: “I cannot believe you picked up a girl by saying you work in a sandwich shop!”
I decided to jump in at that moment.
Me: “Really? That’s your line?”
Josh turned to me and said, “Ya that’s my line- hey do you know where’s a good place to go out here? That last place was terrible!”
So Josh and I begin talking about all the different neighborhoods in DC and the camera whips around and starts filming me and Josh deep in discussion about places to get drunk in DC.
At one point of the conversation Josh mentions that he wished he could grab some smokes.
That’s where the 4th wall was broken.
The sound guy says, “If you want to- now’s your time.”
Josh starts to turn towards the CVS across from Dupont Circle. We chatted some more as we went into the CVS to buy some cigarettes. I learn some more about him. He is originally from Philadelphia and used to work at Pat’s (which explains why that line would work on the right girl.) He asks me what I do and I tell him I’m a video producer.
“Oh really? Dude you need to read my screenplay!”
I am now getting pitched by a cast member on The Real World.
He gives me his e-mail address and we part ways after he buys his Marlboro Reds.
We parted ways at the CVS and the cast walked down 19th street on their way home. I decide to walk down 20th street instead. There I stumbled on a pothole and I hear two girls laugh at me from across the street. They run over to me:
“Hey where’s your hotel?”
I look at them in confusion. Didn’t realize my clumsiness was so charming.
“Oh I’m not in a hotel…”
“Well we are over on Florida Ave- we’re from Brazil!”
Their accents pretty much confirmed they weren’t from here.
We walk down the street a bit, and at corner of 20th & S and I pointed out the Real World House like it was a newly established landmark.
Then the cast rounds the corner from 19th and heads to the front door, cameras in tow. I point out the cast and one of the girls darts across the street.
Brazilian Girl #1: “Oh my god, where is she going!?!?”
Me: “She wants to be on TV.”
We watch from across the street as she strikes up a conversation with Josh who was enjoying one of his newly purchased Marlboros. It was only a matter of minutes before they started to make out.
All in front of the cameras.
The cast started cheer for their fellow roommate and his new friend. The two then parted ways. The cast went back into the house and the girl trots back to us across the street back, as if nothing had happened.
Words quickly fly between the two girls on what just happened and they start to walk away.
A Production Assistant magically appears from a side door of the house and chases them down so they can sign a waiver.
I helped explain to the girls what it was and at first they appeared hesitant:
“What? I don’t want to be on TV- I just wanted to say hi!”
I didn’t know make-out sessions was a customary greeting in Brazil.
Eventually they do and we part ways, but not before we take a photo:
Brazilian Girl #2: “Why because I’m going to be famous?”
Me: “No, because nobody is going to believe this story unless I get a photo!”
UPDATE: This story generated a minor amount of buzz that led to a sequel encounter a few weeks later. I later found out that my blog was read by Josh’s girlfriend and ended up on a Real World episode.